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Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Mathematics and Statistics

Camperdown, Australia
$105,350- $112,462, + 17% superannuation
Closing date
29 Apr 2024

Job Details

  • Full Time Fixed term 2 years contract at the School of Mathematics and Statistics located at Carslaw Building (F07)-Camperdown Campus.
  • Opportunity to contribute to research focused on complex systems, networks, data science, & computational social science and be part of world-class multi-disciplinary team.
  • Offering Base Salary $105,350- $112,462, + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

Opportunity for a Postdoc Research Associate to join the team at The School of Mathematics and Statistics of the University of Sydney one of the largest mathematical sciences schools in Australia. The University of Sydney is the only Australian university to have received the highest rating of 5 out of 5 for research in the mathematical sciences in every Excellence in Research for Australia assessment to date. The University also hosts the Sydney Mathematical Research Institute, the Centre for Complex Systems, the Computational Social Science Lab, the Sydney Dynamics Group, and the Sydney Centre for Language Research, which provide opportunities for multidisciplinary collaborations with leading experts in a variety of different fields.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will join the research group led by Professor Eduardo G. Altmann to work on the ARC funded project "Learning the meso-scale organization of complex networks". The project involves the development and application of mathematical models and computational methods to investigate structures present in large networks. We are particularly interested in using techniques from complex systems, network theory, statistical physics, mathematical modelling, and statistical inference to address problems in computational-social science and in quantitative studies of social media data. They will conduct research and/or scholarly activities under the limited supervision of the team leader and other senior academic staff, both independently and as part of a research team.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • conduct research related to the project, independently and as part of a team.
  • publish research papers and other research outputs
  • present results in conferences and scientific events
  • organize and contribute to project-related team meetings, workshops, public events, and training sessions
  • support the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

About you

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate who has:

  • a PhD (or near completion) in Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Computer Science, or related field
  • a strong track record of publishing their research in areas related to the project
  • coding and computational skills for data analysis and modelling
  • demonstrated ability to conduct research/scholarly activities both independently and as part of a team
  • the ability and a willingness to collaborate in multidisciplinary teams to contribute to long-term research goals
  • excellent communication (written and verbal), organisational and problem-solving skills with attention to detail

To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Australian Temporary Residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the position.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

Working with Children Check Clearance

This position is designated as involving child-related work. To undertake or remain in this position, you are required to apply for and obtain a Working with Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

How to apply

All applications must (include a cover letter, CV, and any additional supporting documentation) as per the details mentioned in the advert, can be submitted via the Apply button at the top of the page.

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Applications Close

Monday 29 April 2024 11:59 PM


The University of Sydney was established in 1850 and is consistently recognised, both locally and internationally, for its outstanding teaching and research excellence. Sydney alumni include Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, Nobel Prize winners and leaders in every field of endeavour.

The University offers a comprehensive range of courses, including a number of disciplines unique in Australia. Teaching is spread across nine different state-of-the art campuses, located across New South Wales.

The University of Sydney’s commitment to excellence in research has resulted in an outstanding record in national competitive funding and underpins an approach to teaching which has won nominations for excellence and resulted in high student satisfaction ratings. The University has 78 research centres and institutes and is home to three ARC Centres of Excellence.

The teaching, research and cultural life of the University is supported by extensive facilities, including the largest library collection in the Southern Hemisphere, the world-class Nicholson Museum of archaeological antiquities, the Macleay Museum of natural history and ethnographic collections and the University Art Gallery. Its outstanding sporting and recreation facilities provide a training centre for students and Olympic athletes.

The University of Sydney is a key member of the Group of Eight Australian major research-intensive universities, and the Worldwide Universities Network.


The University of Sydney has nine official campuses.

1.         Camperdown/Darlington Campus.

2.         Cumberland Campus. Home to the Faculty of Health Sciences (based in Lidcombe).

3.         Mallett Street Campus. Home of the Sydney Nursing School.

4.         Sydney Conservatorium of Music Campus. In Macquarie Street, central Sydney.

5.         Rozelle Campus. Home to Sydney College of the Arts.

6.         Surry Hills Campus. Home to the Faculty of Dentistry.

7.         Camden Campus. Contains facilities connected to the Faculty of Veterinary Science and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.

8.         Burren Street Campus. Facilties are currently under development.

9.         Sydney Medical School campuses. These include the School of Rural Health (in Dubbo and Orange), the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Concord Hospital, Westmead Hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Nepean Hospital, Northern Clinical School, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, and Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health.


The University of Sydney has 16 faculties.

1. Agriculture and Environment

2. Architecture, Design and Planning

3. Arts and Social Sciences

4. Business (Business School)

5. Dentistry

6. Education and Social Work

7. Engineering and Information Technologies

8. Health Sciences

9. Law (Sydney Law School)

10. Medicine (Sydney Medical School)

11. Nursing and Midwifery

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15. Sydney Conservatorium of Music

16. Veterinary Science

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